If you could cook dinner for any author, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you make?
I would make Cesar Vallejos a tomatoes salad with basil leaves, feta cheese and kalamata olives.
What scares you the most about the writing process? How do you combat your fears?
What scares me the most is not being able to finish what I started.
Who is your biggest literary crush, author or character?
Jose Maria Arguedas, Aureliano Buendia and Juan Sover
What books are on your nightstand?
Favorite punctuation mark? Why?
The quotes, because I don't have to take responsibility for what's in between
What book were you supposed to read in high school, but never did?
What inanimate object would you thank in your acknowledgements?
The notebook of my dead friend
If you could write an inspirational quote on the mirrors of aspiring writers, what would you write?
reality is for those who lack imagination
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
hum, yes and no. Emotions don't have to be real
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Norman Solomon, Victor Wallis, Arnoldo García They are infallible, artisans of words and reasoning. I read most of their writings.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
the connections will appear later. I want the book to stand on its own.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I do not know that yet
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I think it has been buying a laptop and more books
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
when I was part of the resistance against the military dictatorship
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Todas las Sangres / All the Bloods
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
I have more than three unpublished books and a few half-finished projects
What does literary success look like to you?
To be able to put out writings and books with my ideas, opinions, dreams and fantasies
What’s the best way to market your books?
A good and catchy summary, lots of book readings, and feedback from readers.
What did you edit out of this book?”
I have left out some stories that did not go with the theme of my experience in prison
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Journalism and/or teaching
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